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Runner’s High

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Runner’s High

Runner’s High

I’ve been training with a friend for the upcoming Toronto Waterfront half marathon in October and I’m super pumped!  I wasn’t always a runner…In fact, in the past I could barely even run for a minute without losing my breath.  I would shy away from running as a kid and it was just not really ‘my thing.’  I was a dancer, and that had always been my forte.  But since I began running in chiropractic school, I realized the great ‘runner’s high’ that people experience and how graceful and agile our bodies really are.  I started running on a treadmill, alternating walking for ten minutes and then running for one minute.  Slowly, bit by bit I built up my running capability and registered for my first outdoor 5K race~ the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for Breast cancer in Chicago.  I was so ecstatic when I crossed the finish line of my first race!  Wow, what a feeling! Since completing school and moving back to Canada, I have been participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto every year. This summer I decided to train with the Running Room to actually complete a half marathon, and it has been an intense but rewarding experience.  I have seen the progress week after week as distances increase.  The feeling that comes from a run is just simply awesome!  It is an incredible state of euphoria to fly through the air with just our limbs and mental stamina.  We are free to run without abandon.  Nothing can hold us back and anything seems possible as we soar through the sky. So from being someone who never really liked the warm-up run before tennis lessons, I’ve become a regular runner.  Go figure, but my body craves the natural endorphin rush!  Running through the streets of downtown Toronto is challenging but so worth it once I hit harbourfront and the lovely lakeshore trails.  It is inspiring to see so many dedicated runners along the path with the balmy summertime breeze grazing my skin.  Running is definitely one of my favourite workouts that creates so many zen moments and sets me free to believe I can do anything.  There are new possibilities every moment everyday.  I challenge you to take a stroll and turn it into a liberating run, sending your mind and body into exhilarating peace and calm.   Hope to see you running alongside me on October 14, ’12 or cheering loudly with encouraging smiles. Dr. Anita...

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Beautifying the Workplace

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Featured, How-To's | Comments Off on Beautifying the Workplace

Beautifying the Workplace

(Image: Cup Of Coffee With Red Roses by domdeen / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Some of our favourite compliments at Source Centre are hearing how great it feels to be here or how lucky we are to work here. We feel that way too, very blessed to be here and to share our lives with the wonderful people who step through our door. It is important to us to keep a sacred, beautiful and nurturing space.  Work is where most of us spend a good, if not the better, chunk of our waking life. If we don’t enjoy being at work, it can take a toll on our health and well-being. Some aspects of our job are going to be unchangeable, however, much of our experience can improve with some simple beautification steps. I believe the trick is to engage our senses in appealing ways. It’s a part of why it feels great to be at Source Centre (click here for pictures of our space). We actively work to bring in and share what’s meaningful and beautiful to us. Here are some ideas: Plants or fresh flowers. Having something alive, vibrant and colourful can do wonders for lifting spirits (and cleaning the air). There are also so many varieties to choose from that it needn’t be too difficult to find one that can grow in whatever setting you find yourself in. Sure, they need to be watered but it’s not as often as you might think and, anyway, what better reason to take a break and a stretch? Pictures. It’s fairly common to see family photos on or around our desks but I say go beyond! (especially if you find that family is in itself a source of stress!) How about pictures of beautiful landscapes or places you’ve visited that have a particular resonance for you? How about inspirational quotes where you can see them? Don’t forget to change the pictures every so often so that you continue to notice them and be inspired or transported. Meaningful objects. This could be treasured gifts or natural items such as unique rocks. Potpourri or essential oils for the scent. Do you have a favourite? Lavender is very relaxing and peppermint can be invigorating. A few drops on a handkerchief, inhale, and you’re set. Try it in place of an afternoon coffee or sugar fix. Crystals. They are beautiful and can diffuse negative energy.  You can’t go wrong with finding a crystal that “speaks” to you. Alternatively, there are many that are great at diffusing negative energy: black tourmaline, amethyst or rose quartz are just a few examples.  Music or soothing sounds. This one may be the most difficult to implement depending on your work set-up but you never know! If the sounds are soothing enough – think gentle piano or natural rushing water sounds – it may be possible that your neighbours don’t notice or that it subconsciously changes behaviour in a positive way. Or maybe you can get away with an ipod now and then. Finding music or sounds that uplift and inspire can work wonders in improving mood and regulating blood pressure. Got any ideas or things you use? We’d love to hear...

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Gifts of Life

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gifts of Life

Gifts of Life

(Image: Heart Shaped Plumeria Flowers by Witthaya Phonsawat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Confession: I’ve never given blood before. In fact, I’m quite squeamish when it came to these sort of things (which is ironic if you know me and my interests). I’ve wanted to give blood, love the idea of sharing a precious resource, giving myself literally and helping others in life and death situations. Because when you think about it, it always is life and death when it comes to blood. But the thought of it has always made me feel faint and slightly nauseated. I had blood drawn once for medical testing and I hated the whole experience. It made me feel weak, weird, swooning. I couldn’t look as it was being done. I swore that far too much blood was drawn and I was left with far too little. This whole thing was not for me, unfortunately. Then in early 2010, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The doctors told her she would be transfusion dependent for the remainder of her life. Over the course of that summer and early fall, she received a few, regular transfusions. She disliked the process but was extremely grateful for the gift of blood, as we all were because it meant she was still with us. As it turns out, her doctor’s pronouncement was wrong. With the help of a new diet and some care, she began regenerating her own blood again (a story for another post) and lived another year and a half until she passed, peacefully, earlier this year. For me, there were so many things to learn in this time and so many feelings to process. One thing that keeps recurring was the need to contribute, in gratitude, and in honour of mom who wouldn’t have had the extra time she had to revisit old friends and old family, to see her youngest daughter married, to impart love and wisdom to her grandchildren without someone’s (and actually many peoples) selfless gift of blood. So, my nervousness remains but it is a slight thing in the face of my commitment. And nothing would please me more than to have You join me and the others at Source Centre in making a donation of blood in our Partners in Life program. In exchange for your gift, we want to offer you thanks with a gift in return. Please click here for more information on how you can join our program and the gifts that await. With love and...

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SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

The sun is here to stay and we are enveloped in the heart of summer.  As we welcome this glorious season full of activity, I just wanted to share how connected we can be to nature; if we let ourselves be free of electronic gadgets for a few moments in time. Working in holistic health and wellness, it is always amazing for me to see how tech savvy and innovative the world can be.  However, we all know how much stress and anxiety technology can introduce into our daily lives.  It leads us to being so wired up and though we may feel like we are making social connections, really where is the natural human connection in a virtual transaction? On top of it, what is all this technological ‘advancement’ doing to our bodies? Toronto writer Sheena Lyonnais tells us that health concerns such as text neck, touchscreen finger, tablet slouch, insomnia and stress are just a handful that have been popping up!  More than ever we are disconnected to what is going on within ourselves.  We are constantly being bombarded by external stimuli such as email inboxes, websites, text messages, facebook updates, phone calls, twitter posts, and the list goes on… All of these stressors strain our bodies little by little, eventually leading to one condition or another. It’s hard to unplug (or be free from WiFi), but just try it!  Instead of the beat of your Ipod, let your ears hear the sounds of nature like back when you were a kid.  Time out and lay on the beach or in the grass, listening to the gentle breeze and watching the sun radiate through a perfectly blue summer sky. Click here for 8 ideas for enjoying the outdoors in the city. If you would like some assistance getting back to nurturing your body, come check-in to Source Centre and then go ahead and check out of the daily tech grind.  Allow your body to re-center and reconnect.  It’s time to be your authentic self with or without your tech toys. Happy Summer!   [Image from...

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Welcome Allison and Leila to Source Centre

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off on Welcome Allison and Leila to Source Centre

Welcome Allison and Leila to Source Centre

On June 4, please join us in welcoming Dr. Allison Barriscale and Leila Darragh to Source Centre Dr. Allison has been practicing in the NSA model as a chiropractor for 8 years. She is a passionate student of life and is deeply committed to the reorganizational healing model and providing exceptional service and resources to her clients and the community at large. She brings with her a wealth of experience and also a number of NSA and SRI workshops which will add even more depth to the services that the Source Centre has to offer. Leila has participated in the NSA community for the past three years, and is a dedicated and enthusiastic practice member. A student of Traditional Chinese Martial arts, various modalities of dance, and a certified yoga instructor, she is passionate about movement as a medium of expression and healing. Leila will be sharing office administrative duties with Lana who will also be moving into a role as an SRI Wellness Educator at Source Centre. The good news is that Source Center will now be staffed 5 days a week to better serve your administrative needs. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as the Source Center Community integrates its new team members and Dr. Allison’s existing clients. More information about Dr. Allison...

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Yoga Challenge!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Yoga Challenge!

Yoga Challenge!

[Image by ponsuwan]  We are well into 2012 and it’s time for some spring detox and revisiting our new year’s resolutions.  A great way to ease into this season is to do some yoga!  With good weather just around the corner (hopefully!), we here at Source Centre thought yoga would be a great way to bring some balance and a state of zen into our lives.  So for the month of May, we want to see how many yoga classes we can all do!  We are going to keep track as a collective and see how dedicated we can be as yogis/yoginis. Tell us about your sadhana (practice). We are happy to offer yoga classes right here at Source Centre with our instructor Genie Davis! And starting on the first day of the May yoga challenge, we are pleased to introduce our newest yoga instructor Rupel Pandya. Rupel is offering yoga classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Genie continues to offer her Tuesday 10:30am class as well as a new Thursday 10:30am class. Please check out our special event schedule for more details and call us at 416-923-4325 or show up for yoga class to register for the challenge. See you on the mat all of May. Namaste. Keep track of your progress to win great prizes Whoever does the most yoga by the end of the challenge will receive a Network Spinal Analysis session and Chakra/Marma therapy with Dr. Anita Rajan!  How blissful is that? Register for the challenge by calling us at 416-923-4325.   CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our yoga challenge who won an Ayurvedic session!  May the light of Ayurveda illuminate our hearts and our minds! Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga and a wonderful approach to health and wellness....

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